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Reimagine: Grief, Growth, and Action
This event was part of Reimagine: Grief, Growth, and Action


Hosted by Elysa Fenenbock, New York Open Center, In honor of Miriam Goldfarb

In this Artshop, we meditate and create art to grieve what we lose and celebrate what we love, using materials found near Home.

We are learning to let go, to surrender, to forgive and to find acceptance for what is. We are sorting through our memories, releasing and forgetting what doesn’t serve us and preserving what we wish to keep. It can feel like a roller coaster: something else we may wonder if we will ever experience again, something else for which we can find gratitude through nostalgia.

We have Mother Nature for reminding us of our delicate vulnerability, and giving us a clearer view of our profound interconnectedness (our “Interbeing” as Thich Nhat Hanh paints it). Meanwhile we witnessed one of the most beautiful springs in history. As the skies clear, the flowers bloome, the birds sing and the coyotes roam the streets, Nature reminds us how quickly everything can change and how easy healing can be.

In this Artshop, we will enter a state of making meditation, creating art in memory of what we lose and what we love. By collecting materials that are found in and around our homes, we will engage in art and rituals that celebrate staying at home. We will breathe into our senses for inspiration and honor the waves of emotion, especially the grief and gratitude, that we experience on this journey.

All levels are welcome in this interactive, creative living room. Participants will be invited to contribute their works into a global digital art quilt that captures the mood of these transformative times.

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This event is in honor of Miriam Goldfarb

This artshop was creating in loving memory of my Grandmother Mimi. I was unable to attend her funeral in person, and needed to find a way to honor her, our relationship, and my grief. When the pandemic and shelter-in-place began, I knew that, like me, many were going to need to connect and find new ways to hold space for their grief and gratitude during these especially challenging times.

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